There are 2.5 milyon people whose BMI is 40 and over, decribed as morbidly obese in Turkey. Experts state that these people’s quality of life may increase and even their lives may be extended with bariatric operations.

Some people prefer surgery to live a healthy life, while others avoid it because of misunderstandings. Here are the most common questions people have in their mind.

There are many options of obesity treatment, as both surgical and endoscopic. Gastric balloon and gastric botox are endoscopic methods. Sleeve gastrectomy and gastric by-pass are the most common surgical treatments. Which treatment is the best for the person is depending on some criterias. This is a decision that should not be taken by the patient. The weight of the patient, his/her related health problems and the surgeon’s decision determine type of the method.

Yes, but you may need medical clearance from your cardiologist. Bariatric surgery leads to improvement in most problems related to heart disease including:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Lipid problems
  • Heart enlargement (dilated heart, or abnormal thickening)
  • Vascular and coronary diseases

Yes, you can. Make sure to tell your surgeon and anesthesiologist about all prior operations, especially those on your abdomen and pelvis. Many of us forget childhood operations. It is best to avoid surprises!

Sometimes your surgeon may ask to see the operative report from complicated or unusual procedures, especially those on the esophagus, stomach, or bowels.

No it doesn’t. There is no scientific study showing that patients with diabetes are at higher risk than patients without diabetes. Some studies show that most of the complaints of type 2 diabetes have resolved or disappeared completely after bariatric surgeries.

After surgery, most patients return to work in 10-15 days. This time of period changes depending of what kind of job the patient is doing. The situation is different for people who work hard or doing light duty. Laparoscopic surgery offers advantages regarding this subject. The patient will recover faster because there are no scars and stitches.

Following a tube stomach surgery, a five-step diet is required in order to help body to recover. In this time of period, the patient learns that he/she should eat meals in smaller portions but more often. Clear liquid diet is a must for the first two weeks after the procedure. This diet will prevent complications such as diarrhea, constipation and excessive water loss. And also gives the body time to heal.

You and your doctor should decide when to start exercising. You should be careful in the first months of operation. You can start off walking around right away. You should not rush for exercises that require strength and effort.

Most women are recommended to get pregnant 12-18 months after the surgery.

In this period of time, body stores the vitamins and minerals it needs. Excess fat in the body increases the risk of infertility. It also increases the risks of insulin resistance, ovarian cysts, pregnancy-related heart problems and high blood pressure. It may also affect the pregnancy process negatively and cause the baby to become obese too.

You will need to take a multivitamin for life. You may need higher doses of certain vitamins or minerals, especially iron, calcium and vitamin D.

Obesity surgery is not a miracle cure. It has a lasting effect on people who choose a new lifestyle which supported by exercise and healthy eating habits. It is inevitable for those who return to their old lifestyles to gain weight again.

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